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Old 03-05-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Pricing Question on New Purchase

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first RV . . . and what a process it is. We have had good dealer experiences, horrible dealer experiences, and even some surprisingly indifferent dealer experiences. Still we have managed to narrow our search to either a 2015 Cougar 277RLSWE Fifth Wheel or a 2015 Rockwood 8289WS Signature Fifth Wheel. Our preference is the Rockwood (floorplan, overall fit and finish, upgrades). There is a huge difference in asking price between the two . . . $38,000 for the Cougar and $49,000 for the Rockwood.

Both units include about $1,500 in freight (I get that) and $1,500 in dealer prep (strikes me as added markup).

The Rockwood is loaded (Diamond Package, dual A/C, 3 Create-A-Breeze fans, Lazy Boy recliners, bedroom TV). When I do my research I come up with dealer cost of $30,855 (without shipping). Backing the $1,500 shipping out of the $49,000 asking price puts it at $47,500 . . . a $16,545 markup or over 50% of cost.

This is clearly too high of a markup. I don't mind the dealer making a reasonable profit but over 50% is just nuts. What type of guidance would the members offer a newbie on this first time purchase?
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:23 PM   #2
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Take the invoice MSRP minus 35%. Dealer prep fee is bogus. Use RV WHOLESALERS to get the price you want your local guy to match. Shop dealers nationwide.
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What hbillsmith said. Take a look at this.

http://m.rvtrader.com/dealers/RVWhol...89WS-113972617
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I have found a few places selling that Rockwood for around $37k. That is quite a bit more quality of a RV than the Cougar. Nothing against the Cougar. Keep haggling.
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I have found a few places selling that Rockwood for around $37k. That is quite a bit more quality of a RV than the Cougar. Nothing against the Cougar. Keep haggling.
Like davel1971 said, Keep Shopping and Haggling, I too saw a lot of them at the $36-37000 range. The $47,000 is the full MSRP.
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tyeeking, where did you find the Dealers Cost?
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:22 PM   #7
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I have found a few places selling that Rockwood for around $37k. That is quite a bit more quality of a RV than the Cougar. Nothing against the Cougar. Keep haggling.
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Had a Cougar High Country and I can guarantee you the quality is there. One additional bonus of going with the Rockwood is that for $150 you get a 2nd year warranty from Forest River. Both units are built well but I think the Rockwood is great..
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Take the invoice MSRP minus 35%. Dealer prep fee is bogus. Use RV WHOLESALERS to get the price you want your local guy to match. Shop dealers nationwide.
I agree. A decent price is 35% off of MSRP.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:41 PM   #9
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My wife and I own a 2013 Rockwood 8289ws Ultra Lite Diamond Package. Dry weight is 8,000lbs. We have all the options including an upgrade on the air conditioner to 25,000btu. Has been waxed each year and well maintained. We love it. Looking possibly to sell it. Has made three trips to Florida only. It is covered in the summer and kept in a heated storage area in the winter. It has more storage areas than the 2014 model or 2015 model. Has extra cabinetry and linen cabinet. Does not have the bedroom door that passes into the bathroom. The price would be in the low 30,000's. If interested please feel free to contact. If not you will love this unit. Happy RVing.
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My wife and I own a 2013 Rockwood 8289ws Ultra Lite Diamond Package. Dry weight is 8,000lbs. We have all the options including an upgrade on the air conditioner to 25,000btu. Has been waxed each year and well maintained. We love it. Looking possibly to sell it. Has made three trips to Florida only. It is covered in the summer and kept in a heated storage area in the winter. It has more storage areas than the 2014 model or 2015 model. Has extra cabinetry and linen cabinet. Does not have the bedroom door that passes into the bathroom. The price would be in the low 30,000's. If interested please feel free to contact. If not you will love this unit. Happy RVing.
WOW that's a big a/c ! 15k you mean?
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